The Purchase & Repair programme delivers fully renovated family homes through Notting Hill Genesis’ SimpliCity initiative. SimpliCity provides homes at discounted rents to working households who are priced out of the housing market, but are unable to access social or shared ownership housing. It offers a more secure and affordable alternative for families than standard private rented accommodation. These homes are fully funded by internal resources from Notting Hill Genesis.
The P&R programme operates in specific outer London boroughs that offer both good value and strong demand. Our project managers identify suitable homes for sale on the open market: typically 3-bedroom family houses with back gardens, in sound condition but in need of significant refurbishment. Notting Hill Genesis purchases the property and commissions the works using consultants and contractors from our experienced and reliable P&R framework. Works generally include a new kitchen and bathroom, flooring, full decoration and A-rated white goods. The refurbishment standard is highly praised by tenants. Since its inception in 2013 the P&R programme has delivered more than 900 family homes for low-income Londoners.
In 2021-22 we are expanding the P&R programme to include 100 units as “Homes for Heroes”, to be offered to essential workers in London. The Homes for Heroes programme aims to show gratitude to essential workers who have contributed and sacrificed so much during the COVID-19 crisis, by providing good quality and affordable homes as part of our established SimpliCity product.
In another response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Purchase & Repair team launched a Rough Sleeper Accommodation Programme which is partly funded by the Greater London Authority. The team purchases one-bedroom flats in east and south London and renovates them to the SimpliCity standard, then hands them over to our colleagues in Supported Housing. The renovated flats are let out to rough sleepers seeking more permanent accommodation. Our Redevelopment team is also supporting the programme, via an RSAP grant which will enable the conversion of two houses into eight units of accommodation for rough sleepers.